Former Coronation Street star Ken Morley has been removed from the Celebrity Big Brother house after using ‘unacceptable and offensive language’.
Morley, who played Reg Holdsworth in the ITV soap, received the warning after he called soul singer Alexander O’Neal a ‘n***o’.
Celebrity Big Brother producers subsequently decided to remove Morley after his formal warning.
A Big Brother spokesperson said in a statement: “Ken Morley has been removed from the Celebrity Big Brother house for using unacceptable and offensive language following his formal warning. Tuesday’s eviction is now cancelled and lines are now closed. Anyone who has already voted will be able to apply for a full refund and details will be available on the Big Brother website within 24 hours.”
The actor is the second contestant to be removed from the house less than a week after the controversial series began.
Former Baywatch star Jeremy Jackson, 34, was kicked off the Channel 5 show after former Page 3 girl Chloe Goodman, 21, claimed he drunkenly tried to look at her breasts while the pair were alone in the toilet.
The alleged incident, which was not shown on camera, came after Chloe went to Jeremy’s assistance as he vomited after drinking rum and vodka.
Hertfordshire Police, the force covering Borehamwood where the show is filmed, confirmed they are working with its producers to probe what happened.
Earlier today, communications watchdog Ofcom said 233 people complained about actor Ken after his run-in with Alexander.
Ofcom also received two complaints about offensive language used by Katie Hopkins and another four about Jeremy.
The complaints about the latest series, which began last Wednesday, are being assessed by Ofcom.
Last year’s series was the second most complained-about show of the year with 1,874 people contacting the watchdog about it.
The only programme with a worse record was the main Big Brother series which received 3,784 complaints, many of them centred on the behaviour of its eventual winner, Helen Wood, who was accused of bullying other contestants.
Ofcom found that the show breached the broadcasting code last year after it showed a pre-watershed scene where housemates swore 14 times within 50 seconds.